Considering Coyle

@ShopperFun99 wrote:

Martini? I thought Coyle does not allow Martinis.

Me too! Martinis (and champagne) are not allowed at table but if I read the disclosures correctly, there are no restrictions at the bar, which is where I ordered my martini. It makes sense since I’m supposed to note use of the ice scoop and cleaning of the shaker.

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@abbyringle wrote:

Perhaps you have trouble with the reports because you typo basic words like "dining."

What typo are you referring to?

/ scratch that; replace with: to what typo are you referring?
@abbyringle wrote:

Maybe just don't order more than you're supposed to? I've never had a problem with Coyle because I just follow what the guidelines are. The ordering guidelines are pretty clearcut.
Nice of you to sign up with a new account just to bash her. Sybil, is that you in disguise?

Seriously, nobody cares that you're offended.

(Yes, I stole Hoju's tagline.)
@iShop123 wrote:

@abbyringle wrote:

Maybe just don't order more than you're supposed to? I've never had a problem with Coyle because I just follow what the guidelines are. The ordering guidelines are pretty clearcut.
Nice of you to sign up with a new account just to bash her. Sybil, is that you in disguise?

A bit obvious, isn't it?
@VVT wrote:

@ShopperFun99 wrote:

Martini? I thought Coyle does not allow Martinis.

Me too! Martinis (and champagne) are not allowed at table but if I read the disclosures correctly, there are no restrictions at the bar, which is where I ordered my martini. It makes sense since I’m supposed to note use of the ice scoop and cleaning of the shaker.

Actually, Coyle, or their clients. don't usually allow martinis to be ordered at the bar either. Trust me, I've made that mistake.
I guess I should have added this first?

Hi, new here. My name is Abby, I have been shopping with Coyle for about five years now and I just joined to see what other luxury shopping companies might be available and for feedback on them. Saw this Coyle thread on the front page so I decided to check it out.

Full disclosure, I do consider myself to be a bit of an expert. My first report with Coyle was abysmal, but since then I've never gotten below a 91%. So anyway, I feel qualified to respond the way that I did.
Abby,

Since you are new here I will try to help you understand something. This website is not a report for a company, or a test. We do not come here to be critiqued on our writing style or our grammar or spelling. We come here to talk to other shoppers and get help and pointers.

Calling people out on spelling and grammar is a great way to alienate yourself here quickly.

@abbyringle wrote:

I guess I should have added this first?

Hi, new here. My name is Abby, I have been shopping with Coyle for about five years now and I just joined to see what other luxury shopping companies might be available and for feedback on them. Saw this Coyle thread on the front page so I decided to check it out.

Full disclosure, I do consider myself to be a bit of an expert. My first report with Coyle was abysmal, but since then I've never gotten below a 91%. So anyway, I feel qualified to respond the way that I did.

Orlando - lightly shopping NC
Not trying to make enemies, I'm just a straightforward person. I thought my comment was helpful but I'm sorry that I offended you.
Abby,

I am just trying to help you. Look at it like this, your critique of someone's spelling here is like commenting on someones work dress when only seeing how they are dressed at a bar on Friday night with friends. This site is not a representation of our work. We would love your insight, but please retire from the spelling and grammar police patrol.

@abbyringle wrote:

Not trying to make enemies, I'm just a straightforward person. I thought my comment was helpful but I'm sorry that I offended you.

Orlando - lightly shopping NC
I'm actually glad that you asked this question. I also receive notifications for shops on Coyle, usually about 30-35 minute drive for me and I have been thinking about trying one. However, I also shop with ACL and have been very frustrated with them lately. I complete the long narrative report and I always get an email back asking me about something that wasn't even listed as a requirement in the guidelines. It wouldn't be so frustrating but for no pay and reimbursement only in the majority of the cases, doesn't seem worth it to me. I constantly get text messages, emails, and phone calls from them to complete shops where they falsely advertise saying you can bundle this shop with another and make $95 but you don't make that, you are reimbursed. I have also applied for a shop with them once and was told that they would assign it to me ONLY if I took another shop with it....Umm what???
If you search throughout the forum, they are known for asking shoppers to take on a pizza shop in order to get another 'desirable' shop. Many shoppers here do not like that game. Some shoppers do it. I won't do it.

A coyle shop is usually straightfoward. Report in detail exactly what happened and follow the shop instructions and you should do great.
Yep, I got that treatment before. When there was a new mid-level popular chain in their account, (not Coyle), I signed up. Immediately, I got an email saying that it was one of their desirable new restaurants, that they give it to shoppers who are willing to do other shops they cannot fill. So, I did not respond. Three days later, I was assigned the shop.

More recently, one of their rare $130 restaurant reimbursement showed up. I was asked to do one other shop before he will assign that restaurant to me. After I accepted both, I was asked to take yet another undesirable shop.

And to top it all, no fee for any of the 3 shops.


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If you search throughout the forum, they are known for asking shoppers to take on a pizza shop in order to get another 'desirable' shop. Many shoppers here do not like that game. Some shoppers do it. I won't do it.

A coyle shop is usually straightfoward. Report in detail exactly what happened and follow the shop instructions and you should do great.[/quote]

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/14/2019 04:55PM by ShopperFun99.
If I was the client (i.e. the desirable shop) and I found out that the MSC that I hired wanted to bundle my shop with a pizza shop, I wouldn't be too pleased. I wouldn't want a shopper to feel like they have to take another shop to do mine. That is just me. Again, we are IC so we are free to pick and choose what shops we want. I just plain refuse to play their games.
Coyle reports are time consuming and I make sure that I don't have other shops the day after so I can dedicate the whole day to this restaurant report. Reports may not be so difficult after you do few but I find them tedious and I take breaks; that's why it takes me a whole day (or two) to finish a report. I would try one and see how it goes.
I done restaurant shops for both Coyle and ACL, both high-end places and medium-priced ones. I just include every little action that takes place and who did it and when, and I have very little problem with my reports for either company.

Of course, they don't pay a lot, but I don't mind much. I make my money on other shops and use them just to get "discounted" meals at places I want to eat at anyway.

I've done a couple for Sentry with the same results. One completely covered the cost of the meal plus a small fee; one "only" covered $120 (total) of a meal/bar visit that cost me about $240. However, I'd been dying to eat at that place and, essentially, I got to eat there for half-price. I could have eaten for a lot less, but why?

It's true that ACL had me take a pizza shop to qualify for the high-end shop, but I don't mind. I actually got paid more for the fee for the pizza shop than the fee for the steak place. And the pizza was good.
@Professional Guest wrote:



Actually, Coyle, or their clients. don't usually allow martinis to be ordered at the bar either. Trust me, I've made that mistake.

Well, this is a fairly major bummer. Still, no regrets.
@Myrab wrote:

I totally hear you, but I am more than willing to jump through hoops for a massage! smiling smiley
Not really. They pepper you with the hard-sell the whole time. It's difficult to relax when your masseuse is constantly telling you how great it is and pitching their package. On top of that, having to fill out a report that's considerably longer than the massage isn't my idea of relaxing. For the price of five 10-minute post office shops, I can get an excellent massage without a lengthy report.

Seriously, nobody cares that you're offended.

(Yes, I stole Hoju's tagline.)
The ACL reports take some time, but I'm one of those anal-retentive weirdos who likes providing an insane level of detail. That said, I find Coyle a little too ... intimidating? to be truly enjoyable. I also have to be wary of having a shop rejected, because under my current circumstances, I truly cannot afford Coyle's kind of meals. And one rejected shop would wipe out the financial benefit of all my other shops for the month.
Anal retentive weirdos? No, it's called doing your job if that's what the job requires.
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